SMITHFIELD – Seventy new townhomes will be constructed in West Smithfield after developers received approval from the Smithfield Town Council. At their October 5 meeting the council approved Whitley Townes which will be built on W. Market Street (US 70) just west of Wilson’s Mills Road.
J&J Flowers Finch of Clayton received approval for a conditional rezoning request for a total of 11.61 acres of land for the Whitley Townes development.
According to preliminary plans, 58 percent of the site will be developed. The remainder will be used as a vegetative buffer, stormwater management and existing wetlands and ditches.
No one spoke in opposition of the development during a public hearing. In a unanimous vote, the council approved the rezoning.
The council also approved four variances from their Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) including a reduction in street width from 34 to 30 foot in some locations, the distance between buildings from 30 plus foot to a minimum to 20 foot, and deviating the minimum perimeter buffer from 40 foot to 25 foot.